Ocean Breeze Waterpark in Virginia Beach is the place to go to beat the heat, ride huge water slides, and enjoy a white-water adventure. Only two hours from Richmond along I-64, the Virginia Beach waterpark is a haven for locals and visitors looking for fun in the sun. Just east of the Naval Air Station and minutes from the oceanfront, the waterpark has nine feature attractions with a total of sixteen water slides, a water playground for younger children, and a wave pool with more than a million gallons of water. Special events, cabanas by the pool, several dining options, and daily park activities create a festive and family-friendly environment.
Open from mid-May until mid-September each year, Ocean Breeze Waterpark is the place to be in the summer months when Virginia temperatures soar. It’s the perfect place to eliminate boredom, cool down, and watch kids of all ages slide, spin, and dive bomb down, around, and out of all the fun park fixtures.
Tickets are available at the gate as individuals or season passes. The highest prices are for ages 10+. Save a bundle on kids aged 3 to 9 and seniors, and enjoy a free pass for kids 2 and under. A Season Pass offers discounts within the park on gifts, food and drinks, innertube rentals, lockers, and even regular admission tickets is good for unlimited visits all summer.
If you want to start off nice and relaxed, begin at Runaway Bay Wave Pool. With a million gallons and a great beach fringing the water, Runaway Bay features massive waves, lots of playful sprays, a deep section and a shallow one. Grab a tube and float all day or just relax for a while bobbing on the waves. If you need a little wake-me-up after the wave pool, head to Coconut Drops & Bamboo Shoots and blast down some seriously steep slides into cool water for a refreshing reality check. The rest of the attractions at this small but popular Virginia Beach waterpark include the twisting water slides at Paradise Pipeline, Jungle Falls tube ride, and Hurricane where the climb is sky-high and the ride down is like whirling through a storm.
Visiting Ocean Breeze waterpark might seem like a bit much for little kids, but with three areas designated just for them, families can visit without anyone sitting out. Little Amazon is your child’s first taste of a lazy river and one of the best things to do. Innertubes created just for small children are provided for kids to float on pint-size waves, slow and steady. Buccaneer Bay is where a large pirate ship offers fun on the water. Meanwhile, parents can play along or take a breather on a pool side lounge chair. South Seas Silly Slides are ready and waiting once little ones are ready to try out the slipping, sliding fun on three kid-size water slides.
If a few hours of cooling down is all you’re after, don’t miss some of the best attractions within easy distance of Ocean Breeze Waterpark. From the Virginia Beach waterpark, the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Museum is a short fifteen-minute walk or just a few minutes’ drive north on General Booth Blvd. Oceanfront Grommet Island Park is only a five-minute drive away and offers a large playground for younger children directly at the beach. Or, head to the city’s central focus, Virginia Beach Boardwalk, and enjoy attractions, dining, shopping, and plenty of great hotels to choose between.